The government banned our baby names – they said they'd lead to a 'lifetime of mockery' but we think they're nice | The Sun

WHILE the choices may seem endless when it comes to naming your baby, there are some that are off limits, and you may not even realize.

Over centuries, governments worldwide have ruled that certain names are illegal for mockery and misinterpretation reasons – and the parents did not agree.

A recent Good Housekeeping article revealed 40 names banned across the world and why.

The first name is a bit obscure but still forbidden: Nutella.

According to The Telegraph, when a baby girl was named Nutella in France, a judge made the name illegal because they thought "it would make her the target of derision."

Along the same lines, the name Fraise, which means strawberry, was banned in France due to the name possibly being mistaken for the slang word for a*s.

Ultimately, naming your children after a strawberry and Nutella crepe isn't acceptable if you're going to have a baby in France.

And the name Prince William isn't allowed as well due to a civil law article that allowed any judge to disallow a parent's choice of name.

Before this law was enacted, there was a list of baby names parents had to choose from.

A couple from Perpignan in the South of France tried to name their baby Prince William, but the judge overruled their choice as they thought the name would lead to a "lifetime of mockery."

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What began as a ploy to protest a fine in Sweeden, ended with a child's parents attempting to name them "Brfxxccxxmnpcccclllmmnprxvclmnckssqlbb11116."

Two parents failed to register their baby's name by its fifth birthday, which is in accordance with Sweeden's Naming law established in 1982.

So, they wrote "Brfxxccxxmnpcccclllmmnprxvclmnckssqlbb11116" and claimed it was pronounced "Albin."

However, this name was quickly banned.

And in Sweeden, parents are unable to name their baby Ikea because of the company.

For that reason, Switzerland has made naming your child either Mercedes or Chanel illegal.

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are known for choosing unique names for their children.

But they wouldn't have been able to name their second child what they wanted if they were living in New Zealand.

In 2019, the New Zealand government ruled that the name Saint is banned because it represented an official title.

And III, Prince, King, and Royal are forbidden as well.

Banned names vary by country; a name commonly used in one location may be illegal in another.

For example, the name Linda is banned in Saudi Arabia because it doesn't follow suit with their social traditions.

Two unique names don't have a chance in Portugal.

According to the Portugalist, "The government actually lists names that are banned and this includes Thor and Nirvana."

Portugal names can't be gender-specific, a surname, a non-Portuguese name, or a shortened version of a name.

While some countries ban brand names, others make it illegal for parents to name their children after animals, fruit, and flowers.

All of which is true in Malaysia.

In 2006, the Malaysian government curated a list of all the names that were unacceptable after several citizens were trying to change the names they were given.

The government didn't want children to be named something as foolish as "smelly dog" or "007," and snake, apple, and violet aren't allowed now either.

Finally, Kylie Jenner wouldn't have been able to keep her son's name as Wolf at first if she lived in Spain.

Two parents filed a petition against the government when the name Wolf was considered offensive.

Their petition received 25,000 signatures which caused the ban to be reversed.

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